Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (aka LPGC) has a lot of good things to offer, but coffee, unfortunately, is not one of them. In fact, coffee in this city is so bad that they invented the leche y leche. Basically, they add a generous dollop of condensed milk to the coffee to hide its taste and make it drinkable. If you don’t mind your coffee being extra sweet, a safe bet would be to order this if you’re unsure of the quality of the coffee.
Cortado leche y leche
Luckily for coffee
snobs connoisseurs like myself, more and more places are now serving Italian coffee. Look for the Illy or Lavazza signs and you’ll probably be fine.
My favorite places
- Cocó: go for a walk around the charming neighborhood of Triana and stop here for the best coffee in town. Try their homemade cakes and cookies or, if you feel like something savory, go for one of their many yummy sandwiches. They also serve lunch.
- Plantaciones de origen: a great selection of bulk coffees and teas, definitely the best place to buy your ground coffee.
- Café y más: if you decide to spend the day on the beautiful beach of Las Canteras and you are looking for some good coffee, it’s worth leaving the touristy waterfront and walking a couple of blocks inland to get your caffeine fix.
Order it like a local
You might be looking for Italian coffee, but you’ll still have to order it in Spanish.
Un café solo: an espresso.
Un café cortado or un cortado: an espresso with a little bit of milk, the closest thing might be an espresso machiatto.
Un café con leche: similar to an Italian capuccino or a French café au lait.
Un cortado leche y leche: what you want to order if you find yourself at a place that serves Canarian coffee. It’s a cortado floating on condensed milk.
Un café con leche y leche: a safe bet with more milk than the previous one.
Un americano: if espresso-like coffee is too strong for you, you can order this one; it’s basically an espresso ruined by adding hot water, but if that’s how you like it…
One last tip: if a place serves Café Sol, avoid it at all costs.